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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Blue Planet II & The Black Scorpion

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 30, 2018 07:18pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Blue Planet II, BBC Earth:
At Amoeba Music we sell a lot of DVDs of abstract video set to psychedelic music that are used by Blue Planet IIpeople who are bombed on pot and psychedelics to blow their minds to. Well, those stoner viewers have found their new holy grail with Blue Planet II. This is one of the trippiest things I've ever seen; every episode is utterly surreal and mind bending, and the best part is there are no drugs involved -- this is pure straight up reality. The oceans are an alien world to us land dwellers and David Attenborough's high def cameras reveal this reality to a degree we've never seen before. Thanks to recent developments in technology and photography, this is the clearest we've ever seen the underwater realm. In all older ocean documentaries, the light and colors beneath the surface have always been muted or blurred due to that fact that cameras couldn't equal the details of human vision. But photography has finally caught up and all the scenes in Blue Planet II are as crystal clear as if you were there underwater viewing the events through a scuba diving mask. In fact, this Blu-ray is the new gold standard for high def. When I popped this in I couldn't believe how sharp and clear the pictures and details were, they were even better than other recent Blu-ray releases.

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"Miss Sharon Jones!" Documentary Screening + Giveaways

Posted by Amoebite, July 25, 2016 07:38pm | Post a Comment

Miss Sharon Jones

Amoeba in partnership with Landmark Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles presents a special screening of the new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! with an in-person introduction from the amazing Sharon Jones herself on opening night, Friday, August 5th, at 9:55pm. The film features Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and is directed by two-time Academy Award-Winner Barbara Kopple. This triumphant crowd-pleaser captures the soul diva during the most intense and courageous year of her life, as she battles back from a life-threatening illness to get back to where she belongs – center stage.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Give the People What They WantIn 2013, on the eve of the release of their sixth studio album, Give The People What The Want, Sharon Jones was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. Treatment included surgery and months of chemotherapy, and Sharon Jones’ musical career came to a halt. The documentary captures her journey through treatment, including losing her signature hairstyle, being drained of her seemingly inexhaustible energy, and the financial strain placed on her and her musical family.

We've been privileged to have Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings perform at Amoeba multiple times over the years. They are an incredible band with a powerhouse singer, and we've always had a blast hosting them at our stores. We are honored and excited to help spread the word about this new documentary. The more people who get to know Sharon the better!

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Frank Zappa Documentary Screening and Q&A in Hollywood June 15

Posted by Amoebite, June 2, 2016 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Frank Zappa

Sony Pictures Classics and Amoeba Music invite you to an advance screening of Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, followed by a Q&A with director Thorsten Schütte and his daughter Moon Zappa, Wednesday, June 15th at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.

To attend this free screening and Q&A, RSVP via email to frankzapparsvp@gmail.com. Please note, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is for you and one guest and is nontransferable.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a new documentary about with the iconoclastic composer and musician who died far too early, at age 52 of cancer. Director Thorsten Schütte has painstakingly gathered rare archival footage of Zappa interviews and performances from obscure TV stations around the world. This intimate portrait follows Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death. The documentary opens in theaters June 24th.

"The film captures so much of the full throttle genius of our dad. He was a misfit who was ahead of his time and who stayed the creative course against all odds. I'm so grateful that this movie may reach even one person who commits (or recommits) to their inherent gifts regardless of the opposing messages the world can spew." -- Moon Zappa

Zappa In His Own Words Poster

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Kurt Cobain Cover of The Beatles' 'And I Love Her' Surfaces in New Doc

Posted by Billy Gil, April 21, 2015 01:50pm | Post a Comment

kurt cobainA long-lost cover by Kurt Cobain of the classic Beatles song "And I Love Her" will appear in the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

The film will have its L.A. premiere this week at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are available now, but you can also score free tickets to the April 25 screening at 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy by coming to Amoeba Hollywood starting on April 22 and asking at the Info Counter (one ticket per customer, available while supplies last). Read more about it here.

Morgen found the cover among the hundreds of hours of unheard Cobain tapes he was given access to by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, for the documentary, according to Rolling Stone. It's especially notable given than the late Nirvana frontman was wont to say that he loved the Beatles but hated Paul McCartney. ("And I Love Her" is a McCartney tune off their third album, A Hard Day's Night.) The film's score will include this song plus numerous others Morgen unearthed.

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Pick Up Free Tickets for 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' at Amoeba Hollywood April 22

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2015 11:20am | Post a Comment

kurt cobain montage of heck posterUPDATE: 4/22 AT 1:15PM

WE ARE SOLD OUT OF FREE PASSES. You can still purchase passes to the 8pm screening (and additional showings Fri/Sat featuring Brett Morgen) at the Arclight.

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Amoeba is excited to present a special screening of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck at the ArcLight followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy on April 25 at 8 p.m. Get a free ticket by visiting Amoeba on April 22 and asking at the Information Counter (one ticket per person, while supplies last).

Tickets to the Q&A screening are also available for purchase now via ArcLight, Hollywood. The film opens for a limited run at ArcLight Hollywood on April 24.

The film about the late Nirvana frontman premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews about how it humanized the seemingly mythical musician. Courtney Love specifically picked Morgen to make the film and said watching it helped their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain (who is also the film’s executive producer), come to terms with her father’s death, Love told V Magazine.

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